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Matt Mckenzie

Matt Mckenzie joined Business News in June 2014 and reports on projects, energy, agribusiness, infrastructure, small business, manufacturing and economics. He completed bachelor of arts and bachelor of economics degrees at the University of Western Australia, majoring in political science and international relations, economics, and money and banking. In 2018, Matt won a WA Media Award for business reporting.

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New leadership at Lucapa

Former executive chairman of the Kimberley Diamond Company, Miles Kennedy, has left the role of managing director at Lucapa Diamond Company as part of a board restructure.

Silver Lake mill sale canned

Silver Lake Resources has cancelled the $5.5 million sale of its Lakewood Mill near Kalgoorlie, after the buyer was unable to secure financing.

BC Iron cuts costs at Nullagine

Redundancies and cuts to directors’ fees have helped BC Iron secure cost reductions at the Nullagine joint venture.

RDG secures Killarnee contracts

Resource Development Group has been assigned two construction contracts for Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project, following the demise of Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors.

LNG Ltd moves for US approval

A subsidiary of Perth company Liquefied Natural Gas has filed for a permit to export gas from the US to a planned LNG plant in Canada.

Doray, Alloy up on drill success

Mt Pleasant-based gold junior Alloy Resources is up 28.6 per cent today after a find at its Horse Well joint venture with Doray Minerals.

Jobs market to strengthen in 2015

Jobs are back on the agenda for employers in 2015, with Hudson Recruitment’s latest report on hiring intentions showing positive signs, while research from hiring website Indeed has found that unfilled jobs cost Australian $6.7 billion annually.

IMX up on nickel interest

Shares in explorer IMX Resources have rocketed up 30 per cent after the company announced it had received expressions of interest for its Ntaka Hill nickel project in south-east Tanzania.

Blackgold proceeds with note raising

Blackgold International Holdings has negotiated terms for a $S25 million ($A22.9 million) convertible bond issue, to supplement working capital and for acquisitions.

Onslow gets new hospital, airport upgrade

Onslow will receive a new hospital and complete its airport redevelopment following the state government’s announcement of two new funding packages today.

Tempo wins Santos contract

Engineering, maintenance and construction provider Tempo Australia has announced its subsidiary, Tempo Construction and Maintenance, has won a contract with Santos for provision of labour trade resources at its operations in the Cooper Basin.

Gold miners to feel the heat

The latest numbers from Western Australia’s listed gold miners show they remain under pressure from rising costs and a falling global gold price, with some local producers concerned that changes to the state’s royalty system might erode margins beyond break-even.

Oilex up on well test success

Oil explorer Oilex has achieved a 20 per cent increase in its share price today, after announcing a successful well test at its Cambay-77H well.

Toro in $3.9m raising

Western Australia’s first ever uranium mine could be a step closer towards completion, with uranium developer Toro Energy completing a $3.9 million raising to fund its Wiluna project.

WA miners out in index reshuffle

Western Australian companies are on the outer in the quarterly reshuffle of the S&P ASX indices, with local players including Iluka Resources and Medusa Mining dropping out.

Vehicle sales hit brakes

New vehicle sales in Western Australia continue to perform far below last year, with year-to-date sales down 7.9 per cent for the same period in 2013, according to new figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Leasing to pick up, WA left behind

Leasing of capital equipment is expected to pick up in the New Year, with three in 10 businesses intending to acquire assets in the March quarter, according to data released by hire company Alleasing.

Northern Star strikes gold

Local gold producer Northern Star Resources has announced a substantial discovery at its White Feather project, near its existing Kanowna Belle gold mine.

Tough time on CBH board

One of three independent directors on the board of grain grower cooperative CBH Group, Samantha Tough, has resigned today after reported divisions among its directors.

China FTA whets abalone appetite

The southern town of Augusta will be home to a new artificial reef as a Western Australian company uses local technology to improve productivity in abalone ranching.

12.8mt wheat harvest tipped

The falling Australian dollar has been a positive development for growers of the state’s two largest agricultural exports as the harvest cranks up across the grain belt.

Economy exceeds expectations as exports surge drives growth

Export growth has helped lift Western Australia’s economic performance above budget expectations, with gross state product up nearly 5.5 per cent in real terms over the 12 months to June 30, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Neon board under pressure from Evoworld

Oil and gas producer Neon Energy has said the result of its recent shareholder meeting gives it a mandate to pursue a merger with Melbourne-based MEO, despite receiving renewed notice that key shareholder Evoworld Corporation will call a meeting to remove directors.

TNG legal battle over

Subiaco-based resource exploration company TNG has been awarded damages of $3.5 million after a court case that spanned more than a decade, but has cautioned that the impact of the "extraordinarily complex" judgement remains unclear.

Growers want to get back on T3 rail

Regional communities are putting pressure on the WA government and Brookfield Rail to re-open the third tier of the freight network.

Positives emerging at Gindalbie

Gindalbie Metals chairman Keith Jones has told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting that the last twelve months had been “confronting” for the company, and “as close to a perfect storm as one can get”.

Approval achieved for Augusta abalone

The state government has granted approval for an Augusta-based aquaculture company to expand its abalone production.

Couch potato on deregulation

WA potatoes grow in a unique regulatory climate.

WAFarmers milk ready for sale

Coles stores in Western Australia will be selling WAFarmers branded milk from today, with part of the proceeds from sales going to development of the state’s agricultural industry.

TSA Telco in second legal battle

Former Water Corporation chairman Tim Ungar and business partner Peter Jones are locked in a Fair Work dispute with the previous general manager of their telecommunications business, Timothy Collins.

Swivelpole pivots to international market

An innovative product developed in Western Australia is being exported to energy and resources companies internationally under the leadership of former Bankwest corporate and specialised banking head, Andrew Tolj.

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Green light for Bechtel Pluto camp

A $180 million project to house up to 2,500 fly-in, fly-out workers for the expansion of Woodside Petroleum's Pluto LNG plant was approved by the local joint development assessment panel in December.

WA returns to growth as Australia avoids recession

GDP has bounced back from a poor showing in the September quarter with December quarter seasonally adjusted growth of 1.1 per cent, while Western Australia snapped a five quarter streak of shrinking state demand to grow 0.4 per cent.

EC&M into administration

Henderson-based electrical contractor EC&M has entered administration this morning, with about 400 staff to be temporarily stood down.

Financial probe for student union

The University of Western Australia Student Guild has dismissed a staff member over financial irregularities after bringing in forensic accountants from BDO to undertake a special analysis of its 2013 accounts.

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St Barbara recruits new CEO

Former Rio Tinto executive Bob Vassie has today been announced as the incoming managing director of ASX-listed gold miner St Barbara.

Coalspur announces strategic review

Coalspur Mines has announced a major strategic review, including the potential sale of its flagship Vista project in Canada, or sale of the company as a whole.

Clough awarded Rio power contract

The collapse of Forge Group has opened up new opportunities for engineering contractor Clough, which has won a design and procurement contract for a power station that was previously awarded to Forge.

Schammer, Hasleby pitch online footy venture

Former Fremantle football stars Byron Schammer and Paul Hasleby have teamed up to launch what they hope will be the AFL equivalent of Facebook.